Integrated Cancer Treatment programmes increase survival times
Welcome. You have reached the UK´s number 1 integrated, integrative, or holistic, cancer treatment website. This is the future of medicine.
We want to EMPOWER YOU
For many people with cancer, the issue is getting as much relevant information as fast as possible. But where do you start? Many trawl the web looking for the latest information, not just on drugs, but on alternatives, on diet, exercise and complementary therapies. The truth is that today´s cancer patient knows there are things they can do to improve their chances of survival. They want to increase their knowledge so that they can make more-informed decisions and better personal choices. They want to create their own ´treatment´ package around their doctor´s recommendations.
If that is you, then this is your website.
We want to help you increase your personal odds of survival
The CANCERactive website is different. It´s a magazine on the web. Why? Because all the articles on this site have appeared in icon (Integrated Cancer and Oncology News) our magazine that is available free in over 640 hospitals and cancer centres in the UK. Over 85 oncologists and doctors have aired their views in icon. The major UK cancer hospitals all request copies. Our Medical Board are doctors and oncologists. But we also have experts in cancer diet, Chinese medicine, complementary therapy, and interviews with top oncologists exploring alternative cancer treatments like dendritic cell therapy, ablatherm and virotherapy.
This CANCERactive website will uniquely tell you ´everything you need to know to help you beat cancer´. We even have a book by this title.
Uniquely amongst UK cancer charities we cover:
1. Orthodox Medical Treatments: At CANCERactive, of course we cover all the latest drugs, the latest advances in radiotherapy and surgery.
But we dont stop there. We want to enable you to make more informed, personal choices about what goes in to your individual treatment programme.
So we also give you comprehensive research information on:
2. Complementary therapies, from acupuncture to hands-on-healing, and from a healthy cancer diet to stress management. Consider this
a. Diet, Cancer?: In 2012 the American Cancer Society produced a report stating that there had been an ´explosion´ in research into complementary therapies since 2006. We agree - we cover this research in Cancer Watch, our cancer research centre. But the ACS went on to make an incredibly important point: The report stated that there was ´overwhelming evidence´ that diet, exercise and weight control could INCREASE SURVIVAL, and even KEEP YOU CANCER-FREE. We think you should know this.
b. The above report was endorsed by the top cancer authority in America, the NCI. In 2012, they reported research on cancer stem cells (which seem to be at the core of tumours) and they showed that certain foods encouraged their growth, whilst other foods stopped them growing.
* ´Alternative´ cancer treatments. We cover about twelve of the most important. Other websites may ignore them, or hype them. Instead we include them and give you an objective view, because you need to know the truth. Where there is research we will tell you. Where there isn´t, or where there is controversy, we will tell you that too. Some of these treatments are more ´tomorrow´s treatments today´. Often we have articles featuring some of Britain or America´s top oncologists talking about them. Like HIFU, Dendritic Cell Therapy, Virotherapy, PDT and so on.
We feel it is important you know this information - it will empower you to help yourself survive longer and it is why we don´t only cover orthodox treatments.
Research and evidence led
Let´s be clear. CANCERactive features research every month from around the world in Cancer Watch. Our Medical Board includes doctors and oncology experts and expert specialists on complementary therapy. The articles are written by oncologists from the UK and abroad, or are interview with them. Our reviews are all research based, often including the research references (where they don´t get in the way of easy reading!)
In 2011/2 The Royal Marsden requested our help to publicise a clinical trial; the same centre of excellence has just taken a record number of icon magazines, as do oncologists at Christie´s, Addenbrook´s and most of the London cancer centres. When we need an article on complementary therapies we compile it from research or we go to an expert source like Penny Brohn or The Haven. If the article is about an alternative cancer treatment we go to the Karolinska, Duke´s in Carolina, UCH in London; in other words, we go to the experts working on it.
Frankly, the people who say that complementary and alternative therapies have no research to support them, or that they are dangerous quackery are talking ignorant nonsense. Sadly these people do exist, and their presence and criticism just comes between cancer patients and increasing survival times!
Of all the major UK cancer charities, we are almost alone in informing you that you really can increase your personal odds of beating cancer by building yourself a multi-layered set of complementary therapies around your doctor´s orthodox treatments.
An Integrative Cancer Treatment Programme (often in the UK called an Integrated Programme!) may, for example, use stress management techniques (shown in research studies at UCLA to increase survival ´significantly´), diet, an exercise therapy, supplements and so on tailored to your personal circumstances.
Top US oncologist, Dr Henry Friedman, calls it ENLIGHTENED MEDICINE.
Experience tells us that there are eight possible areas in which to choose complementary therapies in order to be thorough and disciplined. And so we developed our unique cancer support plan -The ACTIVE8 Programme - to help you plan your own individual route forward. (CLICK HERE to go to the ACTIVE8 PROGRAMME).
Please be clear: We do not treat, we do not advise. We merely provide the relevant information, laid out in front of you so you can make more informed choices. What you do with that information is your choice.
We simply want you to cease being an average patient and, instead, to increase your personal odds of beating cancer well above the norm.
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Starting to build your cancer treatment programme
You might start by reading the 4 Pillars of Cancer so you can understand the broad strokes of what can cause cancer and take some action to cut various risky things out of your life.
You may want to try a few complementary therapies, or to change your diet. You may even want build yourself a full Complementary programme around your Doctor?s prescribed treatment. But where do you start? Try the page entitled "Building an integrated treatment programme -Your first 15 steps". It is supported by an easy-to-read book.
Information with no vested interests - information you can trust
Looking at the items on the left of your screen:
Orthodox medicine tends to focus on surgery, radiotherapy and chemotherapy, although from time to time, depending upon your country and hospital, you may even be prescribed supplements like vitamin D or Astragalus. You may also be encouraged to have acupuncture or recommended to use Ultrasound instead of surgery. You will find everything here from the latest information on over 70 cancer drugs, to advances in radiotherapy!
Occasionally, some Doctors explanations can be a little complicated at times - patients call it Doctorspeak so we have even included a kiddies guide to what it all means. In fact this whole section tries to make each area of orthodox medicine easy to understand. There are plenty of other charities you can turn to for more detailed - and often more complicated - information.
To help you look for ways you can start to help yourself we have the UK?s most comprehensive knowledge bank on Complementary and Alternative therapies. We see ourselves as the UK experts in this field.
This section includes complementary therapies, many with clinical trial research evidence, that patients find really helpful - like Tai Chi, meditation, acupuncture, hands on healing, lymphatic drainage; it includes dietary advice and supplements for people on chemotherapy.
It also includes what Doctors call Alternative Therapies. Here the truth is that the lines are blurring. Is a diet therapy an ´alternative´ or is it Complementary because others use it simultaneously with orthodox medicine?
Treatments like Virotherapy are currently in Clinical Trials, Localised hyperthermia already has clinical trials for prostate and breast cancer; Professor Mike Richards is putting NHS focus on photo-dynamic therapy. What were alternatives 10 years ago are now being used in Hospitals tin America and Europe - and yes, even in the UK.
Patients ask us about all sorts of things they have heard of, like graviola, or zeolite or Metabolic B-17 Therapy.
The fact is that none of these is a cancer cure - but then nor is Herceptin or Tamoxifen. Some things may work for some people on their individual cancer.
What you need is someone to tell you the truth - a charity without vested interests. A charity that doesn´t take vast sums of money from corporations that fund its very existence, and leave you wondering if you can fully trust its information.
How many Apricot Kernels is too many? What research does exist? Which cancers do the experts who use B-17 say never respond to B-17? What supplements and treatments make it more effective? You will find it all objectively presented here, with the research if it exists. And if it doesn´t we´ll tell you that too!
And you can read the theories of Royal Rife that there is a virus at the heart of every cancer. He was pilloried 70 years ago for his views. Now drugs companies are making vaccines! Yesterday´s alternative really can be tomorrows mainstream!
And well even tell you how to visit John of God in Brazil. He has helped a great many people - and he is free! Sometimes you just have to believe.
Making More Informed, Personal Decisions
It is not our job to give advice. We provide information - all the information, so you can make more informed choices, better choices, about your own health and well-being. We do our research thoroughly, we have orthodox and complementary experts helping and writing and that is why you will find more on this website than on others. We will not just ?dismiss? an alternative therapy. We will report accurately on what we find, warts and all. You have a right to know.
Recent research showed that people with cancer like to use the web because it empowers them and puts them back in charge of their cancer. This ´treatment´ section aims to do just that. Self empowerment; giving you your options, making more informed personal choices.
You´ll also find reports on help centres, other charities in the UK, even treatment centres in other parts of the world. You´ll also find some information on Support Groups. (If you are part of one, please let us know and we could put it on this site).